"He sees it steadily and whole, as form a great height, with perfect vision and an angelic dispassionateness
, with the sight of one who may look on the sun with open eyes".
This may be variously interpreted as coolness, dispassionateness
, reserve, dullness, and possibly grimness or surliness, on the part of the speaker" (O'Connor--Arnold 1973: 48).
At every point we feel the externality of the allegorical method, which, ever since Prudentius in the fourth century, had imposed a third-person, epic dispassionateness
on first-hand subjectivities.
1978) (noting that "[t]he law does not require a judge to anesthetize his emotional reflexes," and adding that "'[o]nly death yields complete dispassionateness
, for such dispassionateness
signifies utter indifference....
The witnesses swore that Marlowe had attacked Frizer without warning, behavior which seems entirely characteristic of him; his one-time roommate Thomas Kyd ascribed to him "rashness in attempting sudden privy injuries to men." "Most of the grounds for suspicion" Kuriyama concludes, "seem baseless on dispassionate examination." Dispassionateness
is a key characteristic of Kuriyama's book; her instinct is to take the heat out of everything.
But honesty and dispassionateness
require that you keep checking that thesis.